Healthcare is moving to an interprofessional collaborative practice model, in which teams of providers, from nurses and pharmacists to physical therapists and social workers, work with patients, families, and communities to provide high quality care. Interprofessional education should equip our students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful members of these teams as they enter the workforce.


The Interprofessional Core of the Center for Medical Education will:

  • Collaborate with colleagues from the other Health Sciences School to create a series of team-based, cased based small group sessions next year.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from practice to identify “best practices” for modeling team-based care.
  • Develop faculty to facilitate interprofessional groups of students in small group and clinical settings.
  • Develop an interprofessional teaching and learning community of faculty committed to IPE.


  • Healthcare team kickoff and introduction to TeamSTEPPS.
  • 3 team-based clinical problem solving cases: A patient with difficult to control hypertension; Hospital acquired infection outbreak; and A patient with dental pain and no access to dental care.
  • Interprofessional clinical placements (e.g., Telepain Clinic, HMC Primary Care, Providence-Everett Healthcare Clinic).
  • Interprofessional Quality Improvement Projects (immersion in local agencies).
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound Team Training (ISIS) –Help plan Teaching Interprofessional Learners faculty development sessions.


Karen McDonough
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Jennifer Pitonyak
Assistant Professor, Rehab Medicine

Brenda Zierler
Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing